Want to see how Lake Worth plans to spend $40 million on its roads?

LW potholesLAKE WORTH — If you want a closer look at how the city plans to spend $40 million to fix its many potholes, here’s your chance.

The city is hosting a Community Involvement Meeting, scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23. The meeting, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be held at 1121 Lucerene Avenue.

The city said the purpose is to discuss roadway projects and to get feedback on what improvements residents would like to see.

The meeting on Wednesday will deal with residents in District 3 – N. M Street from Lucerne Avenue to 19th Avenue N. (Wellesley Drive).

The gathering on Feb. 23 is for District 3 – N. K Street from Lucerne Avenue to 9th Avenue N., N. J Street from 13th Avenue N. to 16th Avenue N. and 14th and 15th Avenue N. from N. J Street to Dixie Highway.

Engineering firms and project planners will be meeting with residents in the coming months. In addition, a citizen oversight committee has been formed to make sure all money is spent only on roads.

The city has said work is expected to start in the spring or summer.

Residents in November overwhelmingly approved the $40 million road bond question.

 

Lake Worth posts road repair video on its website

Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president at A.D.A. Engineering, explains how potholes are formed on city roads.
Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president at A.D.A. Engineering, explains how potholes are formed on city roads.

LAKE WORTH — The city has placed the following video on its website to help residents better understand the science behind neighborhood roads.

Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president at A.D.A Engineering, the company the city hired to inspect and rate its city roads, explains how potholes are formed and how the A.D.A. rated the roads.

The city has asked residents to vote on a $40 million road repair bond referendum for the upcoming election. If passed, officials say the money will be used to fix and improve city roads.

 

 

Lake Worth approves $40 million road repair list

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LAKE WORTH — City Commissioners tonight by a 4-1 vote approved a resolution identifying the local roads that will be repaired if the $40 million bond referendum passes in November.

Commissioner Christopher McVoy was in opposition.

The city went down a similar path in 2014 when it put a $63 million bond request before voters. It failed by 25 votes. Unlike the previous request, the city has said this bond has been stripped down, with the money only to be used for road repairs and improvements.

Click here to see if your street is on the list and how much the city plans to spend to fix it.

The resolution also includes the creation of a Citizens Advisory Committee that will review all expenditures.

McVoy said the committee should represent a wide variety of views, to which Commissioner Andy Amoroso responded, “They’re just going to make sure your money is being spent on infrastructure and roads. That’s all they’re doing.”

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Lake Worth to vote on road repair list at Tuesday’s meeting

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LAKE WORTH — City Commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting are scheduled to vote on the city roads that will be repaired if the $40 million bond referendum passes in November.

Unlike the $63 million bond that failed by 25 votes in 2014, this one has been stripped down, with the city saying the money will only be used to address road repairs.

To check out the list of roads the city plans to fix, click here scroll down to page 148.

 

 

Lake Worth adds tax calculator on website for road repair costs

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LAKE WORTH — The ad valorem calculator that can help residents better determine how much they can expect to pay for road repairs if the $40 million bond passes in November was posted on the city’s website today.

Click here to use it.

Lake Worth will fix close to 450 roads if $40 million bond passes

Lake Worth City HallLAKE WORTH — The city will fix close to 450 pothole-filled streets if a $40 million road repair bond passes in November, the City Commission revealed at tonight’s public workshop.

Public comment was not allowed. The meeting lasted 35 minutes.

In 2014, before residents voted on a more comprehensive $63 million bond that failed, the city asked A.D.A. Engineering of West Palm Beach to evaluate the city’s roads. The company gave the city a fair rating with a 74.7 pavement condition index score. Ten percent of the city’s roads were deemed in poor condition.

Since then the company said the road score fell to 68.1 percent, with 22 percent of the roads now considered poor.

“Almost all the streets in the city need some maintenance,” said Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president at A.D.A. Engineering.

If the bond passes, the city will have 30 years to pay it back, but it’s still not clear how much residents will be asked to fork over, a concern raised by Commissioner Christopher McVoy.

“We’re asking the public to shell out money for 30 years on roads that will start declining in 15 years,” he said. “Does the public have confidence that their money will be well spent?”

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell noted how if the asphalt is maintained, the roads should be fine for longer than 15 years.

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Lake Worth releases map of potholed streets it plans to fix

LW potholesLAKE WORTH — The city this morning released a map of the proposed streets that will be fixed if a $40 million bond referendum passes in November.

Click here to view the map.

The city is hosting a public workshop at 6 p.m. at City Hall to discuss which potholed streets will be repaired.

Where is Lake Worth’s road report on potholed streets?

LW potholesLAKE WORTH — The city’s pothole workshop to reveal which roads will be fixed if the $40 million bond referendum passes in November may be Thursday night, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find any information on what the city plans to present.

The city asked A.D.A. Engineering of West Palm Beach to update data on the condition of the city’s roads. The city was going to use that information to determine which roads would get priority to be repaired first.

Lake Worth officials received the report nearly two weeks ago. The Palm Beach Post made several attempts to get a copy, but the city didn’t make it available as of late Wednesday afternoon.

The Palm Beach Post also reached out to A.D.A. Engineering. In an email Brent Whitfield, an associate vice president, wrote he needed to contact the city to request direction.

“We will proceed according to the direction of our client,” Whitfield wrote.

The report, which is a few hundred pages long, also wasn’t posted on the city’s website as part of the backup material for the workshop agenda.

Is this considered transparency?

Second Lake Worth potholes session scheduled for Aug. 25

LW potholesLAKE WORTH — The second special workshop to discuss potholes and how the city plans to fix them has been scheduled for Aug. 25, 6 p.m. at City Hall.

City Manager Michael Bornstein said the city will present updated data on the roads’ condition from ADA Engineering of West Palm Beach. It’s been estimated it will cost an additional $9 million to fix the roads since the last study was done in 2014. City Commissioners will also discuss which specific streets will be repaired, Bornstein said.

Last month by a 4-1 vote, commissioners approved placing a $40 million bond referendum on the November ballot to help fix the aging roads, an issue that has frustrated residents for decades.

It’s not clear, however, if residents will have their say and be permitted to comment on Aug. 25.

“That’s up to the commissioners,” Bornstein said.

The July 7th workshop was prematurely adjourned by Mayor Pam Triolo after resident Katie McGiveron shouted at commissioners, saying the city should have had an open dialogue about the bond issue.

This is the second bond referendum in two years. That last one was for $63 million and failed by 25 votes, mainly because many residents thought the amount was too high and weren’t happy that a portion of that money would have been applied to the industrial Park of Commerce project and neighborhood enhancements.

This time, the city said the money will only be used for road work.

 

Lake Worth’s $40 million road repair bond goes to November ballot

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Lake Worth voters will decide if the city will get $40 million to repair its numerous potholes.

LAKE WORTH — Now, it’s up to voters.

Lake Worth Commissioners tonight approved placing a $40 million bond referendum on the November ballot to help fix the city’s crumbling roads.

Unlike the $63 million bond that failed by 25 votes in 2014, this one has been stripped down, with the city saying the money will only be used to address road repairs.

The money for the previous bond would have also been applied to the Park of Commerce project and neighborhood enhancements, a fact that upset some residents. Some were also unhappy with the amount of money the city requested.

There wasn’t any discussion on the bond since the item was placed on the consent agenda, meaning no discussion was allowed.

That the issue wasn’t on the regular agenda concerned Commissioners Christopher McVoy and Ryan Maier.

“That blows circuits in my head,” McVoy said. “We’ve committed to tearing up the roads…(but) we don’t have to put them back the way they were. We might want to use some of that space for traffic calming…a very strong way to add value to properties. That discussion…strikes me as a really good idea.”

Resident Katie McGiveron, who yelled at commissioners at the July 7 potholes work session, said the city should have had an open and honest dialogue about the bond issue.

“”Where the Tropics Begin’ was the old Lake Worth motto,” she said. “‘Sit down, shut up and open your wallets is our new motto.”

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